Carolyn Richards

Naturopath, Nutritional Consultant, Massage and Sports Therapist

Saturday, Sunday, Monday & Wednesday

Adv. Diploma Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine, Dip. Nutrition,  Dip. Remedial Massage, Dip Sports Therapies

Carolyn specialises in  Wellness Programs, Chronic Pain Management, Stress Management, Weight Loss Programs, Remedial Massage, Hawaiian Bodywork, Pregnancy Massage, Bach Flower Essences, Frequency Specific Microcurrent Therapy 

Naturopathic consultations 

I like to work with the client to satisfy both their immediate health needs and long term wellness goals. I believe that treatment is a partnership between practitioner and client and that this is most successful if the client and practitioner work together to formulate a realistic treatment plan. To this end I initially take a history and establish the clients priorities. We then plan a treatment program that fits with the clients life circumstances and budget. Treatment generally involves a combination of nutrition & lifestyle counselling, herbal medicine, dietary supplements, essential oils and Bach flower essences but can also incorporate bodywork and Frequency Specific Microcurrent if appropriate.

Sports Therapies, Massage and Chronic Pain Management

I have over a decade of experience and love to do bodywork. I employ many techniques, from the deeply relaxing Hawaiian or Kahuna style to the energetically penetrative Zen Shiatsu, to Energetic Release techniques for chronic pain and difficult muscular problems, myofascial techniques to release held patterns of body tension and soft tissue rehab for sports injuries. I believe that massage should be a relaxing and pain free experience.

For many years I have specialised in treating Fibromyalgia, Arthritis and Chronic Pain and in doing so have learnt that sensitivity and the focus of energy can often be more effective than deep tissue massage in releasing tension in the body and in most cases provides a more relaxing and rewarding experience.

Massage combined with appropriate use of herbal medicine can help resolve issues that cause pain in the body and can provide long term relief from pain that does more than simply mask the symptoms – my aim is always to help my clients to regain the freedom of movement and vitality to live the life that they would choose to live.

I use Frequency Specific Microcurrent – often in combination with massage – when treating conditions where inflammation is the primary source of pain, eg fibromyalgia and arthritis. This application of low frequency microcurrent (60-300 milliamps) has a proven track record in removing inflammation, providing relief from pain and shortening healing time in both acute and chronic injuries. (for more information about this modality visit www.frequencyspecific.com)

Pregnancy Massage 

I believe that pregnancy massage is all about treating the mum-to-be. I use a Belly Pillow that accommodates babies up to full term in a cosy sling while mum is relaxing in that almost forgotten face down position for approximately half of the treatment. I invite expectant mothers, and all the mums who are nursing young babies, to enjoy a full body massage with a strong focus on lower back, legs and arms/shoulders/neck – all of those points that talk to you most while you carry your baby, both before and after the birth.

Hawaiian Massage/ Kahuna Bodywork 

This beautiful form of bodywork is my favourite. It provides a holistic approach to healing by balancing the body-mind in its physical, emotional and spiritual dimensions.

Kahuna bodywork is performed in ‘dance like’ moves, using both the forearms and hands in long flowing strokes along the body. The rhythmic strokes lull the body into a deep sense of relaxation, yet, using the forearm , quite deep therapeutic pressure can be applied as required. Used in combination with the breath, the body, mind and spirit are encouraged to heal, leaving both the giver and the receiver feeling relaxed yet alive and energized.

Stella

Other than being a sore and stiff in a few places, which I expected, I can feel a tremendous difference and can feel my muscular frame has changed for the better and am looking forward to our next session.

Stella
Tiani

I thoroughly enjoyed my massage – I raved about you to my Osteo – he has asked me if you work on men?
I was very tender across my lower back/upper butt the following day, so I could tell that you really got in there – even though it never felt like that on the table. I felt amazing and I have slept like a log for 2 nights now.

Tiani
Zuhra

The sessions I had with Carol has been great - she is a wonderful therapist with a good understanding of 'what she is doing'. As a 7 month pregnant woman I have thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and will continue these sessions until birth. As I still work full time, I get really tired and get a lot of pain around my lower back and neck. After these sessions, I feel so light and relax that I dont feel the weight of bub!
Thank you Carol!

Zuhra
Rebecca

Your technique is one of the few that both relaxed me but at the same time also left me feeling like every single problem area or stress point was worked on. I left feeling like every muscle in my body had been touched and released without the agony or aches that generally follow a remedial massage.

Rebecca